Kilgoris, a village in the far west of Kenya, is a magical place. The magic seemed to grow out of all proportion a couple of weeks ago when myself, Matt Brandon, Lesley Fisher, and Gavin Gough visited The Kilgoris Project for a week. Gavin and Lesley spent their time teaching 12 school kids how to use cameras both as artistic tools, and to document their lives. The addition of cameras to the school curriculum will be the seed of a much needed arts education program - a program that will teach kids that there is more to school than reading and writing. The other gift the cameras will bring is a chance to see behind the scenes in Kilgoris. The kids will document their lives for an entire year – giving us a truly unique view into their day to day world. I’d also like to thank the Plus One Collection and Gavin Gough’s Seedlight organization for bringing cameras and arts education to the kids.
While Gavin and Lesley worked with the kids, Matt and I went out to visit some remote villages to understand how The Kilgoris Project could improve life for the kids and families that live far out in the bush. Our time was uplifting and saddening in equal measure. Seeing three kids crammed into a single desk tore my heart wide open, but seeing a little community pull together and pool their meager resources to give their kids a chance at a better life sent us away with goosebumps. Matt blogged on our experience here.
For me, it was a great chance to see Kilgoris through the eyes of other photographers. This is a place I’ve fallen in love with over the last decade and it was great to be with Matt, Gavin and Lesley as they engaged with this community for the first time.